Thursday, April 1, 2010

UCU London Region Demo Report:

Around 1,000 students and workers from higher and further education joined the lively and vocal march on Downing Street on Saturday March 20th in protest against the government's education cuts. Delegations were present from many institutions including Queen Mary's, Westminster, University College, King's College, London Met, City and Islington College, Hackney College, CONEL, London College of Fashion and many others. A large group of staff and students from Sussex University joined the march, after their victory over management the previous week. Other trade unionists also brought their banners and solidarity to the demonstration, including teachers and civil servants. At a rally outside Downing Street, Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary-elect for the NUT, and Austin Harney from the PCS spoke amongst others. A petition was then taken to Downing Street condemning the cuts in higher and further education.